Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bulls struggle, but grind past Hawks to tie series at 1

CHICAGO — The Bulls first started using the word as far back as training camp.

Grimy, players would say. We want to be known as a team that can be grimy and win ugly games.

Ugly never looked more beautiful than on Wednesday night at United Center.

Making just enough plays to win a much-needed game, the Bulls downed the Hawks 86-73, evening their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

"This is a huge game," said Bulls forward Joakim Noah, the former Gator who had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulls shot just 39.3 percent and committed 14 turnovers. Eight of those came from Derrick Rose, who received his league MVP trophy before the game and scored 25 despite struggling with his shot.

"I'm just happy that (the MVP presentation) is over now, and we can just ball out," Rose said

Chicago received another uninspired outing from Carlos Boozer, who shot 4-for-12 and got booed throughout, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds.

"We have a lot of love for our crowd, but through tough times, we got to stick together," said Boozer, who hasn't been the same since he missed five games with a sprained left ankle.

The Bulls looked bumbling on offense and settled for jumpers, shooting 5-for-22 on 3-pointers (Rose was 1-for-8 on 3s).

But they returned to the hustling, rebounding, defensive machine that defined them in the regular season. The Bulls held the Hawks to 33.8 percent shooting and outrebounded them 58-39.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague had another good game filling in for injured Kirk Hinrich with 21 points, but Joe Johnson's points dipped from 34 in Game 1 to 16, and Jamal Crawford fell from 22 to 11.

"This one hurt," Johnson said.

Bulls 86, Hawks 73

ATLANTA (73): Williams 2-9 0-2 4, Smith 4-14 5-7 13, Horford 3-12 0-0 6, Teague 7-14 6-7 21, Johnson 7-15 1-2 16, Crawford 2-10 6-6 11, Wilkins 1-1 0-0 2, Pachulia 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Sy 0-0 0-0 0, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-77 18-24 73.

CHICAGO (86): Deng 6-13 2-2 14, Boozer 4-12 0-0 8, Noah 6-8 7-8 19, Rose 10-27 4-6 25, Bogans 2-4 0-0 6, Brewer 1-3 0-0 2, K.Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Gibson 1-3 0-0 2, Watson 1-3 0-0 3, Asik 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 1-9 2-2 5. Totals 33-84 15-18 86.

Atlanta 19 18 21 15— 73

Chicago 25 23 17 21— 86

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 3-13 (Teague 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Crawford 1-5, Williams 0-1, Smith 0-2), Chicago 5-22 (Bogans 2-4, Watson 1-1, Korver 1-5, Rose 1-8, Brewer 0-1, K.Thomas 0-1, Deng 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 44 (Horford 14), Chicago 67 (Noah 14). AssistsAtlanta 14 (Horford 6), Chicago 19 (Rose 10). Total FoulsAtlanta 15, Chicago 17. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second, Chicago defensive three second 3. A22,872 (20,917).

late tuesday: James Harden led an outburst by Oklahoma City's bench with 21 points, and the host Thunder evened its series by beating the Grizzlies 111-102 in Game 2. After scoring 16 in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder's bench tripled that amount and put Oklahoma City in control with an 18-6 run to start the fourth. Thunder starting power forward Serge Ibaka sustained a right knee injury. He said three days off before Game 3 would help.

griffin top rookie: Clippers forward Blake Griffin was the third unanimous choice for rookie of the year. Wizards guard John Wall was second, followed by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Knicks guard Landry Fields, Spurs guard Gary Neal and Pistons center Greg Monroe. Other unanimous choices were San Antonio's David Robinson in 1990 and Houston's Ralph Sampson in 1984. Griffin, who averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists, thanked his teammates for their patience as he learned the NBA game.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Boston is building a statue of Celtics legend Bill Russell months after President Barack Obama suggested the city needed one. The statue will commemorate Russell as a sports champion, human rights leader and youth mentoring advocate. … Knicks guard and former FSU standout Toney Douglas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and could be sidelined four months. … Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham faces a drug-possession charge after police said they found a small amount of marijuana in his pickup during a traffic stop in Philadelphia.

Bulls struggle, but grind past Hawks to tie series at 1 05/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Jays, looking for some carryover

    Blogs

    The six runs and 13 hits the Rays posted on Tuesday were a positive, but the true test if they are out of their historically bad hitting slump will come tonight and in the coming days as they try to build on their success.

    "Hopefully,'' manager Kevin Cash said after Tuesday's 6-4 win, "there is a …

  2. What you might have missed in the second episode of the Bucs on 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    We're back for another episode of The Annotated Hard Knocks, trying to find behind-the-scenes insights and things you might have missed in Tuesday's second episode of "Hard Knocks," following the Bucs in …

    As the crowd recognized him and got loud, Jameis Winston jumped up and down in celebration. [GREG AUMAN | Times]
  3. Why Noah Spence could be the Bucs' X-factor

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — Noah Spence crouched in a four-point stance, bending low like a sprinter in starting blocks. At the snap, he took one step to his right, startling Jaguars left tackle Josh Wells with his explosiveness. Wells went for the move and Spence countered with an inside swim move, flying past Wells' right …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) participates in training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  4. Lefty quarterback's task? Make sure nothing's lost in translation

    College

    GAINESVILLE — When Florida receiver Brandon Powell first met new quarterback Malik Zaire this summer, he was struck by the Notre Dame grad transfer's enthusiasm and outgoing personality.

    Florida quarterback Malik Zaire talks with the press during the NCAA college football team's media day in Gainesville. Zaire is a lefty quarterback, just like Tim Tebow. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP, File)
  5. Nikita Kucherov in a wide-ranging Q&A

    Blogs

    While Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov has a tendency to be quiet around the media, he's a Russian with a variety of interests and a passionate hockey mind.

    Nikita Kucherov recently did a Q&A with Russia's Sovsport.ru, in which he addressed an array of topics.